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Page 60 of 77 59 S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 "We have art from the ancient Western world to contemporary art," said Marla Allen, a museum educator. The collections are ever changing and range from an elaborately decorated Egyptian coffin to 11th- and 12th-century Chinese art, paintings by French artist Claude Monet, a rawhide Native American shield, black-and-white images by famous photographers and thousands of other treasures available for the public to study and enjoy. Tuesdays are dedicated to school tours; Wednesdays through Sundays are for every other kind of group. The tours are both informative and challenging. "If a group has a really special interest or focus, such as ceramics or depictions of women through the ages, they have the ability to request a custom tour, and that's free of charge," said Allen. The museum offers a number of classes and workshops that can accommodate up to 20 people. There are also special talks and lectures, which a group can arrange to attend. "We are one of the friendliest museums around, and everyone on staff is incredibly eager to share the museum with visitors," said Allen. "We have a strong visitor focus as far as programming." The museum remains open to all during a rather large renovation, which will be completed in 2017. By Emily Bruhn, courtesy Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art This large public sculpture is a hallmark of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

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